“A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with—that’s poverty—but how efficiently we can put first things first… . When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar.” -Victoria Moran
As we’ve been on this journey of the Lord, and living a much simpler life for the past 2+ years, we’ve been coming more and more into the reality of putting First Things first. Honestly, I believe this is the journey of all true believers in Jesus Christ. As He works His salvation in us, we are coming more and more into living in the realm of First Things. Of Eternal Things. Of the Eternal One.
To the world, we look like we’ve chosen a way of poverty. A life where we get by with very little. A life of lack. What we are doing-what we are learning to do-is putting First Things first. We are walking deeper and deeper into the Eternal Purpose of God, and as we go it is becoming easier and easier to discard the things that do not support it. Good things even. Things the world tells us we can’t live without.
While I can’t say it’s always been painless, I can say that it is hurting less and less as we go. And though I’m pretty sure that Victoria Moran isn’t speaking of Eternal Things, I can see so much of the Lord in her words. When we see clearly the Lord’s purpose and priorities, we can, through His life, discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s religious clutter in our hearts, or worldly commitments in our life. The key is seeing clearly the Lord’s purpose and priorities, not what man has determined is God’s purpose and priorities.
Just to be clear, putting First Things first isn’t going to look the same for every believer. Yet, there will be similarities in every believer as Christ becomes all and the lesser things fade away. There will be a beautiful simplicity to life. The simplicity of First Things. The simplicity of Christ.
But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:3